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TGIF: The Jan. 16, 2015 World Championship Edition

(1/16/2015)

Alouette Sno Pro IFS drawing

I'm thankful for the rich history, creative genius and hopeful experimentation that has been part of the Eagle River Derby since Day One.

I'm thankful for the way certain sleds draw our attention and, on occasion, lead us onto paths that change the sport for good.

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Watch History Being Made: Tucker Going for His 100th

(1/9/2015)

Tucker Hibbert's first Pro National win at Duluth in 2000. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Fourteen years and a couple months ago, in his first weekend as a professional snocross racer, Tucker Hibbert won the Pro Open class at the 2000-2001 season opener in Duluth, Minn., at the tender age of 16.

In the 14 years since , Hibbert has risen his fist in victory a total of 99 times. Tonight he will go for his 100th.

Click to read about why it will be worth watching.

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TGIF: The Jan. 9, 2015 Edition

(1/9/2015)

TGIF: the Sno-Pacer of the sno-mo-biz

I'm thankful for the DIY kit projects I read about in Popular Mechanics.

I'm thankful that people* are finally starting to take the Pacer more seriously.

I'm thankful for the luxurious paint, more effective front bumper and premium shock package available in the Limited package.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

 

*Special thanks to Charles Plueddeman for taking (and sending) me a photo of his car.

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Who's Scamming Who?: A Text Exchange about a Sled on Craigslist

(1/7/2015)

craigslist scammer trying to buy a snowmobile.

As many people who have tried selling something via craigslist know, there are a lot of would-be scammers out there. Some are immediately apparent while others are slightly craftier.

A regular reader of this site (let’s call him “Moe”) who is selling an Arctic Cat Z1 Sno Pro via craigslist had an excellent text exchange with a scammer.

The beauty of it was, Moe recognized the scammer from the outset and immediately started jacking with him.

Click to read the humorous exchange that ended well for both parties.

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TGIF: The First Friday of 2015 Edition

(1/2/2015)

TGIF: Stick your thumbs up for 2015 and all the Arctic Cat stuff!

I'm thankful the snowmobile that made this track wasn't too wide or too tall.

I'm thankful the magazine photographer didn't go with the OTHER concept he had for the cover image.

I'm thankful for the power of suggestion.

And I'm thankful we can put our thumbs up for 2015.

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Happy New Year 2015 (And Thanks For a Great 2014)

(12/31/2014)

Happy for snow.

I didn’t have the time the past few days to put together the New Year’s post I intended, so this will just have to be short and sweet.

Click to read what I think about you and this little garage we swap stories in.

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Thomas Sno Sports' 2015 Arctic Cat Demo Ride Day

(12/28/2014)

Wondering what a new 2015 Arctic Cat rides like? Want to compare the the Arctic Cat 600 C-TEC2 with DSI to the 7000-Series C-TEC4 engine from Yamaha?

You can do this and more on Jan. 8, 2015 at the Annual Thomas Sno Sports Demo Ride event.

Click for more details on this free event.

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TGIF: The Dec. 26, 2014 Edition

(12/26/2014)

TGIF: Hell's Snowmobilers terrorize local Parks

I'm thankful the Dads of Anarchy have taken a Christmas break from terrorizing the 'hood with their hellacious brand of crazy.

I'm thankful it's only the One Percenters, and not Two or Three.

I'm thankful they announce their presence with easy-to-spot orange vests and the trademark thunder of their Rumble Pack exhausts.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 26, 2014.

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Team Arctic Delivers a Swift Kick (Off) to the 2014-15 Cross-Country Season

(12/23/2014)

Team Arctic Cat's Zach Herfindahl wins Pro Open at 2014-15 Pine Lake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

This past weekend marked the first race of the 2014-2015 USXC cross-country season, held on Pine Lake.

Team Arctic grabbed 14 of 20 class victories and more than 70 percent of all podium places. Pretty spectatular.

Click to read the Team Arctic press release.

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2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest

(12/19/2014)

2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest

There were only winners among the losers* in the 2014 Arctic Cat Engineering Ugly Sweater Contest.

Click to read more.

 

 

*Loser SWEATERS, not people.

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TGIF: The Dec. 19, 2014 Christmas Edition

(12/19/2014)

TGIF: Santa on his ATV

I'm thankful that jolly ol' Saint Nick is a card carrying member of the NRA.

I'm thankful for the sunglasses. At night.

I'm thankful that I didn't actually SEE mommy kissing Santa.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 19th, 2014 (and that Christmas is next week).

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Scheele & Pake: A Team Arctic Family (and Familiar) Tradition

(12/18/2014)

Team Arctic's Anson & Aaron Scheele and Andy & Brad Pake at Fargo 2014.

Standing atop the podium of last week’s ISOC National Snocross in Fargo, ND, were two names familiar to anyone who followed Team Arctic terrain racing in the 1990s and early 2000s: Scheele and Pake.

The difference between then and now is the first names.

In the 1990s it was Aaron and Brad. Last weekend at Fargo, it was Anson and Andy.

Click to read some more.

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Trailside Chatter #3: The Sound of Snowmobiles Smashing

(12/15/2014)

The sound of a crashed Arctic Cat.

Funny how a snowmobile or ATV hitting an immovable object takes only a fraction of a second, but the sound of smashing alloy and plastic reverberates in my head for eternity.

Do you know this sound? Is it a soundtrack?

Click to read more.

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TGIF: The Dec. 12, 2014 Edition

(12/12/2014)

Enjoy your snowmobile race wins with a satisfying Mark Ten cigarette

I'm thankful the Cat guys have made my Tiger smokin' fast.

I'm thankful that after winning yet another snowmobile race, the first thing shoved into my face is no longer a microphone, but a Mark Ten cigarette instead.

I'm thankful the creepy guy in the red hat is my brother, otherwise I'd be genuinely nervous.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

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Extra Stuff: 2015 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Accessory & Reference Guide

(12/11/2014)

2015 Arctic Cat Snow Reference Guide and Accessories

The glossy four-color Arcticwear & Accessories catalog that comes out every year has the newest stuff from Arctic Cat, but it doesn't contain ALL the accessories available for Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

But this handy-dandy 2015 Accessory Reference Guide surely does, with updated/new products (as well as older products for previous generation snowmobiles) not featured in the color accessory catalog.

Plus there's a lot of useful extra information, such as estimated installation times for various kits and parts; the actual dimensions for various bags from the color catalog; spare parts for bags and helmets; high altitude kits; optional suspension springs; belt and clutching charts; carb info and more.

Click HERE to download the pdf to your computer. It's a 3.5MB file, so it might take a few moments.

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Better Than Marginal: First Ride of the Season

(12/8/2014)

First ride on the 2015 Arctic Cat ZR4000 RR and XF6000 137. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Despite the marginal (at best) conditions, my first snowmobile ride of the 2014-15 season was a total blast for me and my son.

And it was yet another reminder that great rides don't require perfect conditions or big miles.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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TGIF: The Dec. 5, 2015 Edition

(12/5/2014)

TGIF: a roof-mounted Arctic Cat Lynx

I'm thankful for the handling and towing ease of the shorter-statured Arctic Cat Lynx.

I'm thankful for the extra traction provided by the cleated track.

I'm thankful my wife never looks at the roof of her car.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Dec. 5, 2014.

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"95" Nate Ewing: An Unsung Hero at Duluth Snocross

(12/5/2014)

Nate Ewing races a custom 1995 Arctic Cat EXT at the '15 Duluth snocross. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

For a few brief laps, Nate Ewing of Big Lake, Minn., became the unsung hero and crowd favorite at the recent ISOC Duluth snocross.

Launching a 20-year old sled against the odds has a way of endearing yourself to the masses.

Click to read a little bit about the man, the legend.

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Duluth Recap: What I Learned at the 2014-15 Opener

(12/2/2014)

Arctic Cat photos from the 2014 Duluth Snocross. Photos by ArcticInsider.com

As it has for 23 years, the season opening Duluth snocross national served up great racing while answering many of the questions that characterize a new season.

Click to see some pix and read some observations from a grizzled veteran.

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TGIF: The Nov. 28, 2014 Edition

(11/28/2014)

TGIF and my passion for snowmobiling is on fire.

I'm thankful for the burning passion fuels this sport.

I'm thankful for heated grips and heated seats.

I'm thankful for Firecats, T'NTs, Nitros, Sno-Blazers, Liquifires, Starfires and more.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Nov. 28, 2014.

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